Story and photos by Sgt. Logan Thomas
The 102nd Training Division, which dominated the pin-count totals all season long at Daugherty Bowling Center, did so again March 5, walking away with the first-place trophy from the 2020 Commander’s Cup Tournament.
“It was much more competitive this year than it has been in the past,” said Carri Callahan, who accepted the trophy alongside teammates James Durga, Mark Smith and Reginald Weaver.
The 102nd, a U.S. Army Reserve unit, was this year’s Conference B championship team and faced the 14th MP Bde. for the first-place trophy.
“We actually came out to practice on the weekends — to get our minds right (for the tournament),” Weaver said, adding that the team’s goal was simply to, “have fun.”
Callahan, Durga and Weaver had bowled together for the past two years, with Smith joining the team at the beginning of the season.
“(It was) competitive,” Smtih said. “(There were) a lot of good teams.)
Finishing in second place were this year’s Conference A champions, the 14th MP Bde., which included team members Greg Kleinholz, Jay Junius, Mark Arnold and Curt Schroeder.
The 252nd Military Police Detachment team of Rian Hayes, Desiree Hunt, Mare Witherspoon and Tyrece Hopkins took home the third-place trophy.
Rounding out the tournament was the Medical Department Activity, which placed fourth, the 84th Chemical Battalion, which took fifth, and the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion, which took sixth. All six teams that took part in the tournament were required to place in the top three in their respective conferences.
In addition to taking home the first-place trophy, Callahan said the team was happy to represent the 102nd TD in Fort Leonard Wood’s sports program.
“We don’t get the opportunity that often, because we’re not a large organization,” Callahan said. “We’re really happy to get our name out there.”
“(That’s) one win for (the) USAR,” Smith added.
Service members will soon have a chance to represent their units in two other upcoming sports, according to Coleman Swinton, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation chief of sports.
“Be on the lookout for soccer and recreational golf (letters of intent),” Swinton said. “They will be coming out soon.”
Units can file their letters with the Sports Department at Davidson Fitness Center. For more information, contact DFC at the front desk or call 573.596.4359.
(Editor’s note: Assistant editor Matt Decker contributed to this story.)